Exquisite Kimono
(cross-posted on Dreamwidth (laurieopal) and Body Impolitic)

I saw these exquisite kimono at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco this week. I have seen kimonos this beautiful in museums in Japan but not in the US before. The delicate complexity of the work in stunning in itself, but the way the asymmetry creates balance in the designs is what I love best. I know from my own work just how difficult and satisfying it is.  Examine each robe closely.

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Red Kimono

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Red Kimono detail: the design is stylized clouds and wisteria

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Cloud Kimono

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Cloud Kimono detail: the design seems to include water, lilies, cages and clouds.
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Raven Kimono

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Raven Kimono Detail: the design seems to include flowers, crows and nets.  I love the crows!

Some of these are as old as 250 years. They were serious luxury goods of their time.  The technical skill is only surpassed by the art.  I find the work inspiring. Again, examine them closely.

Polishing and Stunning Jade
I just checked and apparently I haven't posted since March 19th. My brain insists that I did a post last week but clearly it was all in my mind.

I've been working very hard in wax for several weeks and have just cast a group of designs that include exquisite blue water melon tourmaline earrings with tiny diamonds in gold, and an opal and garnet dragon fly with lace wings.

I spent today working on polishing the new pieces and after I'm finished polishing and the stones have been set I'll be taking photos. It will still be a while.

Also have been working on a stunning carnelian plume agate that Llolyd Eshbach cut, among other things.

It's been a very good creative time.

The photos are of 3 of the very beautiful jade pieces I'm working with for Brenda Clough. The green is a true imperial color, something you very rarely see. It's very special to be designing for them.

  • The photos are oversize (the jade carvings actually measures more like 1" to 1.5") but I wanted to show the detail and quality of the jade

The butterfly was probably made around the turn of the century and is typical of this kind of Chinese work from the period.

I'll be designing branches and leaves, including the jade leaves of course, and a perched butterfly.

Jasper Vase and Opal Ring
I'm starting an intense stretch of both jewelery and photography right now. I have a lot of very interesting commission work. And the Memory Landscapes panel at Fogcon was very useful and inspiring.

(Please check it off on Wiscon 39 Programing Wiscon 39 Programing if you are interested. It's a the bottom of "Feminism and Other Social Change Movements" under "already staffed".)

Vase pendant was made some years ago. I'm glad to have had the opportunity to photograph it. It's from a time in my work pre-LJ when I was rarely taking photos of my designs. Vase is jasper, coral in antique Victorian and pearl is fresh water and pink. I have it to lengthen the chain and it was a pleasure to see it again.

From the collection of Beth MacLellan.

This is another view of Rebecca Burgess' opal ring. Opal is far more brilliant but the colors are much closer to the original.

"Memory Landscapes" Panel At Wiscon
I just did the Memory Landscape panel at Fogcon and it was great! People came up to me for the rest of the convention to talk about the panel. They gave me a lot to think about. It's about my new work in progress “Memory Landscapes", an iPad art project.

Please check it off on Wiscon 39 Programing if your interested. It's a the bottom of "Feminism and Other Social Change Movements" under "already staffed". We did it at the last Wiscon and the audience's comments and involvement were exciting and useful for my art.

"Photographer Laurie Toby Edison is working on a new digital project called “Memory Landscapes", a feminist visual memoir. Memory is a form of time travel through your own time line. A visual memoir takes you into the artist's time line and lets you choose your paths through their lives. She says, “I started thinking about memory, and how what is remarkable is not how much we forget, but how much we remember. I realized that my memories are not linear – because ‘inside the head everything happens at once.’ (Penelope Lively) Linear narrative is a useful construct, but it's not how we actually remember.

I want to re-engage with the memories of my life, to create an autobiographical visual memoir, to express the poetics of non-linear time. Memories are filtered, by who we are now, who we were then, and what has happened in between. We view our past through layers of memories, and the past is everything that happened except this moment. It will eventually be on Ipad app that creates an aesthetic of memory. On the panel, we will look at some of Laurie’s work in progress, and discuss the ways panelists and audience re-engage with memories of our own lives."

Panelists: Pat Murphy and Nisi Shawl are among my intellectual collaborators on the project. I'd also like to add a musician since music is an important part of memory."

Kim Stanley Robinson was superb on the panel at Fogcon and is interested in being on it at Wiscon.

Calcopyrite and Sagenite Pendants
I'm back from Fogcon where I saw lots of folks I like, who I don't see that often.  And I have a jade commission with stunning stones.  I'll be putting up a photo of them later.

This photo is a calcopyrite (gorgeous) pendant set in sterling. Stone is far more brilliant then it photographs. It's almost sequin-like in multiple blues with a touch of gold. Design was made to both set off and reflect the stone. It's about 1.75"

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From the collection of Marsha Jones

This photo is a sagenite set in sterling. Sagenite was a new stone to me and this was a particulalry exceptional one chosen from several beauties. A very different texture and design for a very different stone.  It's about 3".
I'm pretty happy with this photograph.

From the collection of Tracy Schmidt

I love both of these designs and thought it was interesting to post them together.

Back from the Blizzards
I'm back from Boskone, the remarkable blizzard, some much needed down time.  I'm back at work this week catching up.

I'll be at Fogcon this weekend but not showing my jewelry. (I will have some stones with me.)  I'm on 2 panels that I'm exicited about and I'll be writing abut them a little later in the week.

The pendant below is prehnite and sterling. I brought it to Boskone  and now that Bayla has it, I can put up the photo.

The crescent moon theme seemed very right to me.  The flower bud in the center of the bottom stone is a moon flower that only opens at night.   Stones are far more filled with beautiful patterns then the photo shows.


From the colllection of Bayla Fine.

Packed for Boskone and Opal Ring
(Cross-posted on Dreamwidth)

All the jewelry for Boskone is packed.  And i have the display boxes mostly done.  Still have lots of pre leaving things to do including some photography work.

Have a new very sculptured design with a bicolored sapphire that's part of the new design group. It got packed last.

My weather window for travel still looks OK -fingers crossed.

The ring is an Ethiopian opal set in gold.  It's from the collection of Rebecca Burgess.  The colors shot somewhat differently then the opal's usual vivid appearance but it's totally stunning.

Jeweled Phoenix And Jewelry for Boskone
(cross-posted on Dreamwidth)

This is the Chinese phoenix I was writing about earlier. It took a long time because of the detail and the stylization. Stones are deep orange sapphires it's sterling. It's about 2" high. I made it for Karen M. Herkes.


The detail is finer than the photo shows, but it gives a good idea of the design.

I've finshed the rings for Boskone and am working on final polishing and finished work designs.  Just did a nightshade pendant with pearls, garnets, and clear blue antique Chinese glass beads.  It's black sterling silver threaded with copper wire.

And tomorrow I'm working on a gingko necklace and some bronze pendants.  Still lots to do.

Looking forward to Boskone and seeing my friends.

My Daughter Cid Pearlman: "Economies of Effort" Show Premiere
I wrote about my daughter Cid's new work on Body Impolitic a couple of weeks ago.  Here's part of what I said:

"My daughter Cid Pearlman has a major work opening in San Francisco in February. I’ve been watching her work for over 25 years and the combination of beautiful complex dance and thought in her work continues to knock me out.

“Economies of Effort: 1″ is an evening-length dance exploring the virtues of self-reliance and the creative impulse.
This interdisciplinary collaboration is the first installment in a planned triptych of performances by Pearlman on the theme of “economy.” Performed in the round, and featuring a set designed by visual artist Robbie Schoen that the dancers build each night as part of the choreography, “Economies of Effort: 1″ aims to generate questions about the differences between creating something with bodies (theoretically intangible) and building something that has a solid shape (with the illusion of permanence)."

As I said I'll be at the San Francisco performance Thursday and Saturday night.  Her work is so layered, I  like to see it twice.


Economies of Effort: 1 will premiere at; Joe Goode Performance Annex February 5-7 buy tickets, Motion Pacific February 20-22 buy tickets, Pieter Performance Space March 9,  donations

Sculptured Setter Pendant With Larimar
(crossposted on Dreamwidth as laurieopal)

I'm about to go back to polishing jewelry for Boskone but I wanted to post this first.

This is the dog pendant I wrote about a while ago.  It took forever.  It's in silver and the stone is larimar.  The pendant is sculpted on both sides and the dog on each side is different.  The details on the animals took forever and making a design that worked equally aesthetically on both sides was both difficult and very enjoyable. Side is approximately 3.5".


I'm really pleased that I was able to get images that show the level of detail fairly well.This side photographed easily

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This one took a lot more work but I'm satisfied with it.  (It was much harder to light - note the different background.)

From the collection of Wendy Czarnecki .

She invited me to the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show here in San Francisco at the Cow Palace yesterday. Serendipitously her pendant was finished a few days before.  So I got to see my work and a large group of setters at the same time.  It was both very special and satisfying.  (And much less likely to happen with dragons.)


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